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 Monday, April 23, 2018
Just posted: Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
 
It is a good lens, with some complexities encountered.
 
The Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 4/23/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 19, 2018
Our first copy of the Sigma 14-24 Art Lens suffered from an improperly-aligned element or group of elements and warranted a replacement. Image quality test results from the replacement lens have been added to the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens page. I opted to remove the first set of results as they were not indicative of what should be expected from this lens.
 
The wide end results are remarkable.
 
There are, as usual, many comparisons that can be made. I'll get you started:
 
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 vs. Sigma 12-24mm f/4 Art Lens
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art vs. Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L III Lens
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art vs. Canon EF 11-24 f/4L Lens
 
We'll have Sigma test results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III and 7D Mark II soon, enabling more direct comparisons.
 
The Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at Amazon, eBay and WEX. Preorders are being taken by B&H and Adorama.
Post Date: 4/19/2018 7:47:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 16, 2018
Just posted: Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Review.
 
Once again we have John Reilly to thank for this review.
 
The Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/16/2018 8:30:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 12, 2018
Image quality test results are now available on the have been added to the Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens page.
 
After testing our first copy of this lens, my determination was that I would never own one. The results were quite poor. After testing our second copy, I have a new regard for the EF-M 18-150 and the focal length range this lens covers is especially nice.
 
The Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
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Post Date: 4/12/2018 8:15:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Just posted: Canon EOS M50 Review.
 
The M50 is simply a great little camera!
 
The Canon EOS M50 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
 
Note that I encountered two repeatable minor bugs while evaluating the M50.
 
First, if the memory card is removed and re-inserted after changing the camera's ISO setting and/or AF point selection (and perhaps other settings?) without a photo captured between these steps, the settings will revert to their prior selections. To reproduce this issue, take a photo. Then change the camera's ISO setting and AF point selection (single point), remove the memory card and reinsert the card. The ISO setting and AF point selection will revert to those used to capture the last-prior photo. This is not a big deal, but something to be aware of.
 
Another issue is that Canon Digital Photo Professional (version 4.8.20.0) is not honoring brightness adjustments made to C-RAW files in the Main window. The thumbnails show the adjustment, but the adjustment is not actually written to the file and saved to disk. Batch processing picks up the unadjusted file. Reloading DPP shows the unadjusted brightness in the Main window thumbnails. Adjustments made in the Editor are working fine. Again, this is just an anomaly to be aware of until Canon implements the fix.
 
Both of these bugs have been reported to Canon.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/10/2018 7:08:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 6, 2018
Introduced along with the new .CR3 file format on the Canon EOS M50 was the new C-RAW image file format. The C-RAW files seemed like a much better option than the M-RAW and S-RAW options we previously had available and, with C-RAW files being about the same size as a high quality JPG file, I wanted to know what to expect from images captured in C-RAW. What started as a small task grew into a project, so I decided to share some of the results with you.
 
Should I Use Canon's C-RAW Image File Format?
 
Let me know what you think!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/6/2018 8:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 5, 2018
What I hoped to share with you today was an accurate representation of the image quality delivered by the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens. While we do have the test results for this lens loaded on the site and will again in the future, the results from this specific lens are only temporarily available. Why only temporarily available? I want to use them for an illustration.
 
We have apparently received a lens with an improperly-aligned element or group of elements (this is a retail-acquired lens). The image included with this post shows all for corners of a 14mm f/2.8 image. Lenses are round and symmetrical and a properly constructed lens will render all four corners identically. Obviously, this one does not. The top right, the corner that shows in the site's image quality tool, is unfortunately the worst. The corner results are less significantly different at the longer focal lengths, but 14mm is going to be this lens' most important focal length for many.
 
When unequal corner performance happens, we test another copy of the lens. So, in this case, first looks at the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens image quality mean second looks are needed. Stay tuned for that. If the right side looks as good as the left ... we should be very pleased.
 
While we are looking at this comparison image, I'll make another point and that is in regards to the linear distortion profile of this lens. At close focusing distances, the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art Lens has very significant barrel distortion at 14mm. Fortunately, this distortion is greatly reduced at longer focus distances. I'll illustrate that in the review.
 
The Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 4/5/2018 9:22:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 2, 2018
Noise test results (110 test images) have been added to the Canon EOS M50 page.
 
So far, I really like this little camera.
 
The Canon EOS M50 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/2/2018 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 29, 2018
I have a Canon EOS M50 in my hands and just completed preparing the camera for use. Following are the 31 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box M50 ready to use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery, place it in the charger and plug it in.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box.
  3. Download and install the Canon Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert the battery (after charging completes) and power the camera on.
  6. The date, time and time zone setup screen will show at the first startup. Use the rear cross key control and the set button to update this information.
  7. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  8. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  9. Press the Menu button and scroll through all of the available tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  10. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and rear cross-keys control to set JPEG to "-"
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: disable all (I correct lens aberrations during post processing if warranted, but chromatic aberration correction is usually a good option to enable)
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: White balance: AWB W
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness = 1 (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Long exp. noise reduction: Auto
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: High speed NR: Off (or Low) (noise reduction is destructive to images details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Touch & drag AF settings: Touch and drag AF: Enable, Positioning method: Relative
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: Continuous AF: Off
  19. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Playback information display: Change #2 to RGB histogram, disable all options except #1 and #2
  20. Function Settings Menu, Tab 1: Auto Rotate: On (computer only)
  21. Function Settings Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Disable
  22. Function Settings Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. disp.: Screen info/toggle settings: Update #1 to select only basic shooting info, On screen buttons and Electronic level, all options except Detailed shooting info selected for #2 and uncheck #3, #4 and #5 (it takes too long to toggle through all of the available options during use)
  23. Function Settings Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. disp.: VF info/toggle settings: Uncheck #1, update #2 to select only Electronic level and update #3 to select Histogram disp and Electronic level
  24. Function Settings Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. disp.: Grid display: 3x3
  25. Function Settings Menu, Tab 4: Shooting information display: Histogram display: RGB
  26. Function Settings Menu, Tab 5: Custom Functions(C.Fn): C.Fn I ISO expansion: 1:On
  27. Function Settings Menu, Tab 5: Copyright information: Enter author's name
  28. Display level settings, Tab 1: Menu display: Standard
  29. Display level settings, Tab 1: Mode guide: Disable
  30. Display level settings, Tab 1: Feature guide: Disable
  31. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Expo. comp./AEB (found back up near the top of the list)
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS M50
 
The Canon EOS M50 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/29/2018 8:04:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Just posted: Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Lens Review.
 
Again we have John Reilly to heartily thank for his effort in creating this review.
 
The little, highly useful Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/28/2018 8:43:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Lens Page.
 
A full review of this lens should be available very soon.
 
The tiny, inexpensive Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/27/2018 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 26, 2018
Just posted: Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens Review.
 
Like the other two TS-E L lenses simultaneously introduced, the Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens has been hard to find in stock, but Amazon and eBay have this lens at the moment. Orders are being taken at B&H and Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/26/2018 8:40:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens page.
 
Like the other two TS-E L lenses simultaneously introduced, the Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens has been hard to find in stock, but Amazon, Beach Camera and eBay have this lens at the moment. Orders are being taken at B&H and Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/21/2018 7:44:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 19, 2018
Now live: Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens Review.
 
A big shout of thanks goes out to John Reilly for his effort in creating the review of this tiny lens!
 
The Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/19/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Now live: Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens Review.
 
This will be the most-used lens in many Sony kits.
 
The Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens is available for order at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 3/14/2018 7:45:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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